Canopy NWA is headed to Washington DC, March 15-16 to meet with our representatives.
As a country, we have committed to resettling 45,000 refugees this year, but so far, we are on pace to admit about a third of that. Here in Northwest Arkansas, we are supposed to receive 75 refugees—and we already know 40 of them by name—but so far, we have received 0. Zero. We want to know why. The refugee ban is over, the resettlement program is funded, so where are our families? We have been asking and haven’t gotten any answers, so we’re headed to Capitol Hill to find out… And we want YOU to come with us!
Here are the details:
WHEN: March 15-16
HOW MUCH: $300-$450 per person + a few meals.
Why the price range? Well. If we get 40 or more people to sign up, we can charter a bus to drive through the night March 14 and back again March 16 ($200 per person). If we have a smaller group, we can fly in on March 15th and out on March 16th ($350 per person). Either way, we’re going to keep it as inexpensive as we can by reserving an affordable place to stay. And we encourage you to fundraise for your trip if you need a little extra help!
WHAT: Advocacy training, hill visits with our congressional delegation, and maybe some museum visits if we have time.
WHO: Anyone! We’d love to get a large and varied group together: pastors, employers, college students, families with kids (8 and up). For our part, we’ll be bringing along some staff as well as some of our refugee clients, who are eager to share their stories on Capitol Hill.
WHY: We have 40 refugee men, women and children who have families, co-sponsor teams and employers waiting for them here in Northwest Arkansas. We need to find out why they aren’t traveling. We need to bring them home.
Interested? Here’s what you need to do:
1) Fill out this brief registration form by February 2. Don’t worry—this isn’t a commitment, but it will give us an idea of how big a group we have, so we can start to reserve travel and accommodations, so please don't fill it out if you really doubt you can go.
2) Attend one of two informational sessions at our office, 2592 N Gregg Ave, #40
February 7 at 5 pm
February 8 at 7 pm
By this time, we will know whether or not we can charter a bus and can give you a more precise estimate on cost.
3) Make a $200, non-refundable deposit by February 16 to reserve your spot
4) Pay the full balance for your trip by March 1.